Utah’s water outlook slightly improved, but West remains in grip of long-term drought
Utah’s drought-induced water crisis has softened somewhat after a string of monsoons, but the state’s water supplies are far from safe, with reservoirs across the state falling below 40% full, state officials told lawmakers Tuesday. Only a massive snowpack this winter can assure adequate supplies going into next year, and even then, Utah’s water future remains uncertain in the face of long-term drought and climate change. In July the entire state was in extreme or exceptional drought and Utah’s two largest lakes hit their lowest levels ever.
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